LOS ANGELES, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 400 students and faculty packed the National Dong Hwa University auditorium Friday, April 11 to hear peace ambassador Prem Rawat give a lecture as part of the Sayling Wen Chair Lecture Series. Sixteen Nobel laureates have participated in this series, six of them at the Dong Hwa campus.
The Sayling Wen lecture was hosted by the University President, Professor Wu, a specialist in the physics of superconductivity. The event was entitled 7 Billion Reasons for Peace and included a lively question and answer session with young undergraduates and high school students.
Addressing the issue of how to stop wars, Mr. Rawat said that in looking for solutions we need to look first at the fundamental causes of war rather than focusing on the symptoms. He pointed out that human beings have both confusion and clarity within them, but confusion is winning out at the moment. The balance needs to be restored. The solutions lie within us.
After Prem's address, Professor Wu invited questions from the students in a session that lasted over forty-five minutes. Questions included how students could study better, how to respond to severe poverty in the world and thoughts on the recent protests in Taipei in which students occupied the Parliament building.
Mr. Sayling Wen was a very successful industrialist and philanthropist who created many educational opportunities for young people in both Taiwan and Mainland China. As a legacy following his death early this century, his widow created the Sayling Wen Foundation, which sponsors a series of prestigious lectures and educational initiatives to support young people.
The National Dong Hwa University campus is the largest in Taiwan with 18,000 students.
SOURCE The Prem Rawat Foundation